The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

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Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum

     Housed in the historic old jail (circa 1850) of Macon County, the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum has many fascinating exhibits concerning North Carolina gems and minerals. On display is a 2 pound ruby along with other fascinating stones.

Website: Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum
Franklin, NC
Distance: 1 to 2 hours from Asheville
Address: 25 Phillips St., Franklin, NC 28734
Telephone: 828-369-7831
Hours: May 1- Oct. 31 Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.;  Saturday: 11 a.m. -3 p.m. , 6 -9 p.m.; Nov 1 -April 30: Saturday only 11 a.m. -3 p.m.
Fees: None
Allow: -1 hour
Nearby: Ruby City Gems Museum, Perry's Water Gardens
Directions: From Asheville, take I-40 West to Exit 27. Take Hwy. 74 West to Hwy. 441 South (Exit 81). Follow 441 South to Franklin.

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